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Methadone and Oral Sedation

Methadone is a powerful opioid used for maintenance treatment as part of the process of treating opioid dependency.

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Seizures Induced by Dental Fear

When a patient seizes during a routine hygiene appointment, their companion mentions that it may be due to acute dental fear. Can the clinician safely provide this patient a comfortable experience?

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Why You Should Ask Your Patients About Their Sleeping Habits

Could sleeping tendencies and oral health be connected? A new study implicates sleeping habits as a potential source of enamel erosion.

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New Study Links Higher Amelogenin Levels To Healthier Enamel

Genetic predisposition to weaker or stronger enamel might influence caries formation more than previously thought.

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Pre-Sedation Baseline Vitals

A DOCS Education Gold member inquires:

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Is Your Patient-Acquisition Technique Inclusive to Everyone?

A new dental consumer survey highlights disparities on how patients look for dentists, choose dental insurance, and receive care.
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Topical Anesthesia Weak? Add Electricity!

A new method of local anesthesia administration has emerged using electricity to increase tissue penetration. Could high-fear patients stand to benefit?

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Patient-Limited Efficacy in Oral Conscious Protocols

What are the limitations of oral conscious sedation when treating very large and/or obese patients? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Meet the Father of Dentistry

Nearly all of modern dentistry began with one man living in the early 1700s. Incisor takes a look at how the inventions and observations of Pierre Fauchard revolutionized dentistry.

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Optical Illusions in Dentistry

Can optical illusions interfere with treatment? A new study examines how the Delbouef illusion might influence the amount of material endodontists remove during a root resection.

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A team of researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry have received a $3.8 million research grant to develop a salivary-biomarker approach for identifying individuals at future risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder and depression following a traumatic event.
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The American Dental Association (ADA) announced its support Tuesday for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, scheduled for September 29, 2012. The ADA urges dentists to inform their patients on the safe disposal of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications.
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Unlike diabetes or heart disease, addiction can’t be definitively detected through diagnostic tests. In many other ways, however, issues related to substance abuse mimic those of typical medical diseases. For example, the rates of depression and cardiovascular disease in the population are roughly equivalent to the incidence of addiction. By any measure, though, addiction presents a major public health problem.
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An exciting new study from Irish scientists has discovered that coconut oil has the potential to inhibit bacterial growth, preventing tooth decay. We’re not saying you should drop the floss and pick up the deep-fried Oreo, but this is an exciting new development in terms of dental health.
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A spate of medical fraud prosecutions has dominated the news. According to the Justice Department, since 2007 over 1,300 people have been charged with falsely billing Medicare in excess of $4 billion. Undoubtedly there is far more to come.
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A recent survey conducted by the Journal of the American Dental Association shows that dentists prescribe antibiotics to children more often than professional prescribing guidelines recommend.
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